Jamie M

Lacey, WA

#1 Jan 31, 2011
My husband and I have orders to Shaw AFB. I have read good and bad things about Sumter, more bad than good unfortunately. I'm looking for any advice on the good areas of Sumter to live in and the safest cities around the base that you would recommend. Any info would help! Thanks!
Sam Duff

Johnsonville, SC

#2 Feb 28, 2011
I like Sumter. Are you @ Shaw already?
Jamie M

Lacey, WA

#3 Feb 28, 2011
Not yet! Will be there in May!

Sumter, SC

#4 Mar 1, 2011
We've been here since 2003. I hated it here at first but I was a new wife and mother with a husband who worked 15 hours a day so that was why I wasn't happy. Most people don't like it here but honestly there are much worse place you can get sent!:)
We just got orders out of here after 8 years...I have conflicting emotions about it.
As far as the town goes most everyone seems to have a decent attitude toward the military stationed here. I've been many place where it seems like you are the enemy because you are a military family.
Neighborhoods are sketchy and you just have to do your research and hope for the best....we lived on base for a few years and bought a house in Dalzell (right behind the base) almost 5 years ago. We've had our vehicles and garage broken into. There is a lot of petty crime that goes on here but I guess there is everywhere now days. I have friends who live in various subdivisions in Sumter and it's the same thing there.
The roads here are awful as are most of the drivers LOL...I'm not impressed with the schools here...I (along with dozens of others) homeschool because of it.
Good luck to you on your orders. I hope you like it here....I didn't like it at first but after being here for so long it will always be home to me. I wish you and your family the best.
Sam Duff

Johnsonville, SC

#5 Jun 14, 2011
Jamie M wrote:
Not yet! Will be there in May!
So How do you like Sumter?
Jamie M

Sumter, SC

#6 Jun 15, 2011
Sam Duff wrote:
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So How do you like Sumter?
I like it alot actually! I'm glad I didn't listen to all the negetive comments about it! I came with an open mind and I really enjoy it so far! Muchhh different than where I'm from but I have no complaints so far! Except the bugs...i hateee bugs! But I'm slowly coping!:)
Sam Duff

Dalzell, SC

#7 Jul 11, 2011
Yeah the bugs are no fun. If i forget to put bug spray on i get ate up with mosquitos as soon as i walk out. Made any friends yet
Jamie M

Sumter, SC

#8 Jul 11, 2011
No not yet! I've tried...people aren't as friendly as I thought they'd be!:/

Sumter, SC

#9 Jul 30, 2011
Some folk can be quite friendly, others not so much. Keep trying, and look for friends outside your neighborhood.

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